The National Hunt season really gets into gear over the coming weeks and Leopardstown’s card on Sunday gives another opportunity to get stuck into what should be a big Pick 6 pool. There’s already over €37k rolling into Sunday so the pool should easily top €100k. And we’re going to try and steer you towards a nice pay-out with a 2-banker strategy. Here goes:
Race 1: Bargy Lady will be well fancied to get Pick 6 players off to a winning start and you can see why. Lightly raced, and only on the racecourse since September last year, she finished 2nd to Montana Belle at Fairyhouse with several of today’s field (Toe The Line, Synopsis & Ale Ambrosio) well behind. She should expect to confirm the form and that looked like a very decent Mares Maiden Hurdle. Awayinthewest may be the biggest danger under Davy Russell.
Selections: 7 & 8
Race 2: A race where you’ll definitely want several running for you. Capital Force will be popular following his runs behind Runfordave & Bacardys and he surely faces nothing of that calibre here. Ruby Walsh is also a very eye-catching booking for Henry De Bromhead’s gelding. The Comediologist runs over hurdles for the 1st time and merits inclusion, as does Justmemyselfandi.
Selections: 3 & 9 & 10
Race 3: Yorkhill will be the 1st of our bankers and it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a comfortable victory. He has plenty in hand in terms of official ratings and form in the book. His only defeat over hurdles was when he was clearly over the top (as was Vatour and several other Willie Mullins inmates) at last year’s Punchestown Festival and he was almost foot perfect on chase debut at Fairyhouse last month. Of the others Anibale Fly is on a recovery mission having been pulled up at Kempton while Gangster has quite a bit to find on running behind Bleu Et Rouge here at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Race 4: An absolute nightmare to work out and we’ll be looking for several to carry our hopes once again. Lake Takapuna was impressive at Christmas but the form holds mixed messages. Rolly Baby has been ridden 3 times by Ruby Walsh and has won on each occasion. A Toi Phil tackles handicap company for the 1st time and has the red-hot Jack Kennedy in the saddle. This is his trip, and his grade, so he will go very close. Bentelimar, with the excellent Dylan Robinson claiming 5lbs, completes the picks.
Selections: 3 & 8 & 11 & 15
Race 5: If there was ever such thing as a handicap certainty then Heartbreak City is surely it. Rated a massive 118 on the flat, he actually receives a ton of weight from horses far inferior to him. He absolutely hosed up in the Ebor before running an incredible race in the Melbourne Cup when only getting touched off by Almandin. He’s our 2nd banker of the day and it will come as a huge shock if he doesn’t win – and win well.
Race 6: Anybody still in the running will want several selections here and it should pay dividends to concentrate on those at the head of the betting. Brightest Flame was very impressive at Tramore while Sutton Manor deserves another chance at the distance. Woodford Island was 4th in a similar race at Christmas having previously been pulled up over fences and will go well for the unstoppable Gordon Elliot/Jack Kennedy team. Ruby Walsh rides Diamond Cauchois for the 1st time and that could be significant.
Selections: 5 & 6 & 8 & 9
Pick 6 Selections:
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